What is it about music that has the ability to reach into our soul? To pull out emotions, be they good, bad, indifferent, or simply to help us withdraw from emotions completely? There are thousands upon thousands of different artists out there, each one defined by their own genre. I grew up listening to all different kinds of music with my old man. We had a totally awesome Yamaha stereo when I was growing up and my dad had a massive collection of albums ranging from Bachman Turner Overdrive to Beethoven. By darn! I played them all! I love music and music trivia. It drives my wife insane how I can usually spit out the mane of an artist and a song in a matter of seconds when she asks . ( and sometimes when she doesn’t ). I used to listen to music all the time and I miss it when I don’t. To be completely honest, I really don’t give a crap about TV, I could care less about it. Now, as I have already stated, I do like Person of Interest, I like the occasional football game, and I must admit that I LOVE cartoons! I’m still a big kid at heart. I truly miss my big stereo, it has been in the attic upstairs since my oldest daughter was born six years ago. Before I was married, I rarely turned the TV on, ( unless it was to watch Tom and Jerry). I would crank up my tunes, open up the window, and kick back in my hammock on the front porch.
When I can seek out the time, I pop my ear buds in and turn on something cool, calm and classic. The Eagles are always a good, mood changer for me, they aren’t loud or aggressive. The simple guitar rhythms and the harmony of those guys singing is just nothing short of awesome! My philosophy is…. It’s not always the word that get the job done as far as elevating your mood and freeing your mind. It’s the rhythm and back beat of the music. I also like John Mayer, his bluesy guitar and singing voice is soothing and can calm the average, savage beast. Jackson Browne is also a good one. Call me crazy, ( a lot of people do, so don’t feel bad ) I like soul music too, Al Green, Blaque, Tyrese, Janet, Avant, Kelly Rowland, ( these make good cruising music for a road trip )
Groups like Megadeth, Metallica, Urge Overkill, Skid Row, ( yeah I got all those too ) those are for releasing aggression, not to be listened to around the wife and kids. ( Insert laugh here ), or in traffic either, for that matter, as they CAN cause road rage. This day and age nobody needs that kinda stuff! Country…… Well, what can I say, country is country. It’s mostly about drinkin’, cheatin’, fightin’, leavin’, racin’, and so on and so forth. Now, don’t get me wrong. I do like some country music and I am not completely opposed to it, as I do have a fair amount of it in my music collection, ranging from George Jones to Rascall Flatts ( Kinda had to throw that one in there since Bless the Broken Road was my wedding song). Country, in and of itself, to me personally defeats the very purpose of me listening to music……
WHY! You ask…………? Because it is mostly composed of sheer depression in digital format!
Lastly, but certainly not least, and most likely my favorite. There’s 80’s music! Your, Michael Zembello’s, Def Leppard’s, Scritti Politti’s, Michael Jackson’s and there’s so many more, that in the interest of time I won’t name. These are known as feel good songs, or ( I hate to refer to it as this ) but, party music. There’s also classic rock, ( Led Zeppelin, Clapton, Foreigner, CCR, the Beatles and what not ) I could literally go on for hours! Classic rock, as it does take you down memory lane quite a ways, as far as I am concerned, falls into the feel good category. The point to this whole thing is this. Music makes us feel a certain way. The way we listen to it and what we listen to ( and its different for everybody ) determines what we get out of it. It can put you in a good mood, a bad mood ( don’t know why in the world you’d actually want that! ) or no mood at all for that matter. Music is the soundtrack to our life. So next time you have a minute or two to kill ( I know it’s difficult for some of us ) drag out the old CD collection, the vinyl, the cassettes, eight tracks or whatever you got and see where it takes you! No drugs or alcohol required let the music put you where you need to be!